[Part I]


Introduction by
Grahame Lock

Afterword by
Louis Althusser

First published as Sur La Dictature du Prolétariat
by François Maspero, 1976
© François Maspero, 1976
This edition first published 1977
© NLB, 1977 [New Left Books]

Translated by Grahame Lock

Prepared © for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo, (December 1997)
(Corrected and Updated July 2015)

[Transcriber's Note:

    The citations for all textual references to Lenin by the authors are to the 4th English edition of the Collected Works. In regard to this, there are two things that must be noted.

    First, in the vast majority of instances, when citing Lenin, the authors provide only the volume number and the page(s); seldom is the title of the text by Lenin provided. When it is not absolutely obvious which of Lenin's texts is being cited, I have inserted, in brackets ( [] ), the title of the text.

    Second, although all of Lenin's texts cited by the authors are available in FROM MARX TO MAO, the editions of Lenin's "classic" texts on the subject (The State and Revolution, The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky, and 'Left-Wing' Communism, an Infantile Disorder) are NOT from the 4th English edition. Accordingly, next to the titles of these texts, I have provided the page number(s) that correspond to the edition available at this site.

    With respect to providing "links" to the texts (not to the pages per se) cited by the authors, only a couple of texts are cited once, and the others so frequently that the reader will have ample opportunity to access any given text. I have, however, avoided providing a "link" at every mention of a specific title. -- DJR]

Introduction to the English Edition by
Grahame Lock


From Marx
to Mao



On to Part II,
Balibar's Text